Having a child or family member go off to college can be difficult. We are here to make the process easy, for both you and your student with a few tips. We even have other parents who have been through it offer support to other parents and families as they transition.
Here are a few tried-and-true words of advice that we can pass along.
Your student will change between their first year of college and the time that they graduate. This change may occur quickly over a couple of months or slowly over their entire college career. This change is natural, inevitable, and can be difficult for a parent to understand. You can’t stop change. You may not be able to understand it, but you can accept it, which will benefit you and your student in the long run. Be patient.
It take time to adjust
The first few days of college tend to be very busy with meeting people, joining organizations and adjusting to their new surroundings. This task may be difficult and some students may have moments where they long for the comforts of home. Don’t be surprised if this is the case. However, most students adapt to their new environment, and in time get use to their new surroundings.
Write (even if they don’t write back)
Freshmen are generally excited to experience all of their new independence during the first few weeks of the school semester. The family should not misinterpret this independence; news from home is always welcomed. You should write your student often and don’t expect them to respond to each and every letter. But don’t lose sight of the independence to your son or daughter or the value of receiving mail from home.
Ask questions (but not too many)
College freshman are generally insecure, but eager, to establish their independence and often they are hesitant to share their newfound lifestyle. However, students desire the security of knowing that their family is still interested.
Parental inquiry can be counterproductive if done in a “I have a right to know” manner. Honest inquiries and communication and discussion will enhance the parent-freshmen relationship.
Be supportive during difficult times.
Visit – but not too often and no surprise visits.
Be supportive and understanding.
(Adapted from National Orientation Director’s Association)
TU embraces involved parents and families and looks forward to them being a part of our campus along with their students. Descriptions, dates and deadlines are important when making decisions, and we want to keep everyone informed.
We want parents and families to rest assured that the health and well-being of its students is TU’s No. 1 priority. Students are cared for academically, socially and physically from the moment they step onto campus.
Full- time faculty members teach the majority of classes. However, the basic writing courses are taught mostly by graduate students. Only in rare instances will graduate assistants teach courses other than the basic writing courses.
The city of Tulsa is a unique blend of an urban and a suburban setting. It is richly diverse in culture and entertainment, and is a leader in cultural attractions. Tulsa boasts several museums, including the Gilcrease Museum, which the University manages, well known for its collection of western art. The Tulsa Performing Arts Center is home to Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, and the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. If you enjoy the outdoors, then take advantage of the beautiful lakes, many golf courses, and amusement parks as recreational options. Antiques shops and numerous shopping malls are conveniently located for the serious shoppers. Visit the Explore Tulsa page to learn more about what our city has to offer.
TU offers more than 160 different student organizations covering a broad range of interests, including honor societies, Greek organizations, pre-professional organizations, multicultural organizations, service organizations, honor societies, specialty interest groups, and more. TU also boasts a large intramural sports program as well as other recreational sporting activities throughout the school year. In addition to all of this, Student Association hosts several concerts, guest speakers, and annual events such as Springfest each year.
Throughout the year, TU offers a wide variety of stage productions, art exhibits, lectures, and performances by the TU Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band, and the TU Choral.
TU is also home to NCAA-Division I sports programs. TU is home to eighteen collegiate sports programs.
The University seeks to provide a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The Campus Security office strives to achieve this mission through a community friendly approach that enhances safety through the visibility of security personnel, preventive patrols, 24-hour accessibility, positive conflict resolution, crime prevention, and awareness programs.
Campus Security employs a full-time force of security officers. Campus Security works closely with the Tulsa Police Department and other law enforcement agencies as necessary. Officers conduct foot and vehicular patrols of the campus and residence hall areas 24 hours a day.
Potential criminal actions and other emergencies on campus can be reported by any student, faculty member, or employee of the university by dialing campus extension x5555 anytime of the day. From off campus, Campus Security can be contacted at 918-631-5555.
TU utilizes a Blue Light Telephone System to increase safety and prevent crime by enabling people to reach Campus Security quickly from multiple locations around campus. The Blue Light phones are located conveniently and strategically throughout campus. To learn more about campus security, visit feminist.ducaudio.com/security.
Student Access provides services to all students to enhance opportunities for academic success by promoting effective interaction between students and faculty. In addition, they provide accommodations for students with disabilities and offers tutorial assistance to all students, as well as academic skills workshops in test preparation, study strategies and note-taking. To learn more, visit the Student Access’s website at Student Access.
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